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Monday, July 7, 2008

Re: Obama’s Smartest Staff Pick Ever

posted by on July 7 at 9:35 AM

Last month I suggested that Chris Hughes, one of the founders of Facebook and current “online organizing guru” for the Obama campaign, was Barack Obama’s smartest staff pick ever.

This morning the New York Times profiles the 24-year-old Harvard grad, who built and, in doing so, created the platform for Obama’s massive social-networking advantage.

What’s McCain doing to catch up? Working very hard:

His social network, called McCainSpace and part of, is “virtually impossible to use and appears largely abandoned,” said Adam Ostrow, the editor of Mashable, a blog about social networking.

By all accounts, Mr. McCain is not the BlackBerry-wielding politician that Mr. Obama is. But he has given credit to what he calls Mr. Obama’s “excellent use of the Internet,” saying at a news conference last month that “we are working very hard at that as well.”

If I might suggest a first step for the McCain camp, it would be getting their candidate to learn how to use a computer.

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Finger on the (Mouse) Button ...

Meanwhile, McCain's office is scrambling to recover funds after the candidate forwarded the campaign's account information to Nigeria.

Posted by Mahtli69 | July 7, 2008 9:47 AM

"greatest" is relative thus must show why this guy is better than others.....Axelrod of the Daley machine, Plouffe, etc.
"greatest ever" implies longitudinally ie during his long career in politics.

I'd say the guy who told him to litigate his two opponents off the ballot in his state senate primary -- leaving Barck the only Democrat to vote for in a 80% democratic district -- gets props.

that Alice Palmer probably would have beaten him and he'd be unkown today otherwise.

Posted by PC | July 7, 2008 9:49 AM


Really, SusanUnPC? Are those facts or fabrications? With you, how can we tell if you're running another smear or not?

Posted by elenchos | July 7, 2008 9:58 AM

Did you see that Obama says he'll step out of the convention to give his acceptance speech for the Dem nomination in front of 75,000 fans instead of in front of Dem party delegates?

Posted by Trevor | July 7, 2008 9:58 AM

To get back to the subject, I don't think the ability to, ahem, harness the power of Myspace means anything at all except in the echo chamber of places like Myspace. Obama's got a lot of things going for him, but isn't really one of them. The current dustup over internet blowhard Mike Stark's protest shows just how petty and stupid the whole subject is.

McCain, on the other hand, has a number of serious problems with his candidacy, but not personally being able to use the internet isn't one of them. Nobody cares.

Posted by Fnarf | July 7, 2008 10:28 AM

Oh my God, I just checked out this "McCainSpace" site, and found that it's almost all in black-and-white like an episode of I Love Lucy.

What. The Fuck. Is wrong with those people.

Posted by mattymatt | July 7, 2008 10:37 AM

In unrelated news, the "financial whiz" that got Ron Paul on the web died this past week (in Saturday's Wall Street Journal) - and naturally, the selfish prick didn't have health insurance and owed $400,000 that he expected everyone else in society to pick up for him.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 7, 2008 11:03 AM

I wish I was powerful and rich enough to not have to use a computer, ever. Bonus points if he's never even bothered to hold a cell phone to his ear.

Posted by envy | July 7, 2008 12:43 PM

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